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Whitechapel area guide

For bustling markets, fiery curries and diverse art exhibitions, multicultural Whitechapel is well worth exploring

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Although this was once Jack the Ripper’s east London stomping ground, the closest you’ll come to peril in today’s Whitechapel is by dining out on authentically fiery Bangladeshi or Punjabi curry. The multicultural area has them by the bucketload in joints as popular as long-standing Tayyabs – the restaurant has been going strong since 1972, doubtless thanks to its cheap eats and BYO policy. Bustling Whitechapel Market offers just as much in the diversity stakes, or you can take in culture the traditional way, with a browse around Whitechapel Gallery’s contemporary exhibitions.

What are your favourite Whitechapel hangouts? Let us know in the comments.

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Kolapata

Kolapata

Opened in 2005, Kolapata – ‘banana leaf’ in Bengali – has been a leading destination to experience Bangladeshi cooking in London. The restaurant is modest,...

Stepney City Farm Cafe

Stepney City Farm Cafe

  • price 1 of 4

An impressive little eatery at the Stepney City Farm. Expect freshly baked breads and salads and sandwiches made with vegetables and herbs produced on the...

The Urban Chocolatier

The Urban Chocolatier

Selection boxes, truffles, bars and drinks – if it’s brown and sweet, you’ll probably find it for sale at this luxury chocolate shop

Genesis Cinema Whitechapel

Genesis Cinema Whitechapel

Lucky old Whitechapel. They get to have the gorgeous Genesis as their local. Not only is it cheap, but it's also been beautifully renovated in the past two...

The Horn of Plenty

The Horn of Plenty

A traditional Stepney Green boozer close to the station. The food selection includes bar bites, small plates, burgers and a selection of subs. There are Sunday...

Restaurants in Whitechapel

Tayyabs

Tayyabs

  • 5 out of 5 stars

We’ve featured Tayyabs every year since it opened in 1972, and every year it gets busier and busier. From its original premises in a small café,...

Needoo Grill

Needoo Grill

  • 5 out of 5 stars

In the great battle of the Whitechapel lamb chop – an unofficial war being waged between Needoo and its nearby neighbours Tayyabs and Lahore Kebab House...

Miss Chu

Miss Chu

  • 3 out of 5 stars

This little hole in the wall stretches back through a long corridor furnished with seating to an open kitchen at the back. Classic Vietnamese street and...

Lupita East

Lupita East

Lupita East is the sister branch to the flagship Mexican restaurant in central London. Much like its sister, the laid-back east London restaurant specialises...

Things to do in Whitechapel

Whitechapel Market

Whitechapel Market

Stretching between Vallance Road and Cambridge Heath Road, the lively Whitechapel Market has every type of speciality Asian ingredient you’ll ever need. It's...

Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery

  • 4 out of 5 stars

This East End stalwart reopened in 2009 following a major redesign and expansion that saw the Grade II listed building transformed into a vibrant, holistic...

Bars and pubs in Whitechapel

Apples & Pears

Apples & Pears

This slick little bar at the unfashionable end of Brick Lane hosts club nights, live acoustic music, comedy, film screenings and variety events. Serving wine,...

Ten Bells

Ten Bells

  • 3 out of 5 stars

Firmly on the Shoreditch circuit, this prominent, stripped-down corner pub is party central, a century or so after its clientele included Jack the...

Culpeper

Culpeper

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • price 2 of 4

The ‘seasonal and local food’ mantra is taken to silly heights at this gastropub in the heart of London’s East End, where salad leaves and some herbs for the...

Pride of Spitalfields

Pride of Spitalfields

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • price 1 of 4

Miraculously, this supremely unpretentious little boozer continues to thrive just off Brick Lane, its modest charms seemingly not appealing to the whinnying...

What's on in Whitechapel this week

The London Open 2022

The London Open 2022

  • 4 out of 5 stars

Disease, poverty, injustice, death and loneliness. It’s been a brutal few years around the world, and the evidence is written across the walls of the...

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